Alex Lifeson downplayed his own physical pain and both he and Geddy Lee agreed, Neil Peart suffers the most when touring. Another hint in this interview from November 11th that Neil would be taking an extended, possibly indefinite, break.
We got the news yesterday that Neil Peart is retiring or at the very least taking a break from music. He had this to say to Drumhead Magazine in a recent interview.
“Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad– He’s a retired drummer.’ True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game,” Peart told the magazine. ”I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’).”
On top of his health issues, Peart previously mentioned his longing to spend more time with his family.